Day 359 - November Gratitude, part 23
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Today is day one of a very short week, but it is still important as we get closer to finals week and the end of the semester.
I've had a number of interactions with some of our students over the past week, and I am continually amazed by their dedication and tenacity in the face of some pretty fierce challenges in their lives.
I have mentioned before that we live in one of the poorest counties in the state. Our students sometimes come from extreme poverty where they didn't know when their next meal might be. They come to college hoping for a chance at a better life. In many cases, they end up studying at the college and then get a job working for the institution that they've grown to love. My Admissions and Records technician Carol was one of those students who got her Associate degree, and then got a job at the college, first part-time, then full-time, and changing her life.
I so admire these young, and not-so-young, people who desire more than anything to make a difference in their own life, and by extension, in their community. I'm so grateful to be around them, and be inspired by them, and hope that I can inspire them by being the best advocate for them that i can be.
Our students are amazing. They may not be your typical college student, but they inspire me every day. I am so grateful to be able to share their journey with them.